Omicron Delta Kappa

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The College of Charleston’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was initially founded in 1975, but temporarily disbanded in 2001; over 1,100 students and faculty were initiated during those 26 years. By the spring of 2010, a group of interested students, advisors, and other invested parties on campus completed a new application, and they held their first renewed initiation on December 1, 2011. Since then, over 120 new initiates have defined what it means to be a leader in the College of Charleston community and beyond. 

The Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc., the National Leadership Honor Society, consists of over 300,000 members who display exemplary character, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and responsible leadership and service in campus and community life. More than 285 active circles at colleges and universities across the United States recognize achievement across five phases of campus life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social or religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. 

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. OΔK® was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.

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The College of Charleston Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa currently accepts juniors and seniors who have exhibited achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

For more information about Omicron Delta Kappa, please reach out to our President, Maria Carillo-Marquinn.